Photo by Thomas Heinrich.
USNS WALLY SCHIRRA is the eighth LEWIS AND CLARK - class Dry Cargo / Ammunition Ship and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: January 11, 2005|
|Keel laid: April 14, 2008|
|Launched: March 8, 2009|
|Delivered: September 1, 2009|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6KV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators|
|Length: 689 feet (210 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.31 meters)|
|Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 41,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Dry Cargo Capacity: 1,388,000 cubic feet|
|Fuel Cargo Capacity: 26,000 barrels|
|Aircraft: two helicopters|
|Crew: approx. 125 civilians and up to 49 US Navy|
|Homeport: East Coast|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS WALLY SCHIRRA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
USNS WALLY SCHIRRA is named after Walter "Wally" Schirra Jr., a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Navy test pilot who served in both World War II and the Korean War. On Oct. 3, 1962, Schirra became the fifth American in space and is honored as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. He holds the distinction of being the only astronaut to fly in each of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. Schirra officially retired from the Navy and NASA in 1969.
USNS WALLY SCHIRRA Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Thomas Heinrich and shows the WALLY SCHIRRA (right) under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on March 21, 2009. The other ships are the USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52) [left] and the CARL BRASHEAR (T-AKE 7) [center].